Luis is currently in Mexico City, MX
where he is being filmed for the documentary
SANCTUARY OF BUTTERFILES
Currently Luis is in Los Angeles, working with Musico Christopher Garcia
on THE INFINITE EXPANSION OF SOUND and the multi media project
THE DAWN OF MANKIND
The National Institue of Anthropology and History, INAH has plans to publish
Luis Perez`s book, "Manual de Tecnicas de Construccion de los
instrumentos Nativos Mexicanos de Aliento y Percusion" A book on which
Ixoneztli has been working for years, an organologycal register of the native
Mexican instruments of wind and percussion on both; organic materials and
clay. Through detailed instructions supported by drawings it shows the
different methods and tools used in the construction of such instruments.
Planned to be printed by March 2015.
Luis Perez is now residing between Mexico City and L.A. California USA. He
is working on his new project to be released in 2015, a concept that involves
live performances inside virgin caves in the State of Guerrero and the
Yucatan Peninsula using; [besides the PreColumbian clay instruments
whose unique sounds qualities and textures are enhanced by the huge
acoustic chambers,] sounds performed on stalactites, stalagmites and
cenotes, [sacred water holes inside caves] creating a unique ensemble of
percussive and melodic tonalities. Due to the magnificent visual aspects, this
will be released on a Blue Ray format.
On July 2014, a 2 new CDs were released;"Suspended Spheres" which is a
compositional work using sonic registers from a variety of instruments
performed inside the same caves plus the sounds extracted from stalactites
and manipulated in studio in combination with other types of ethnic and
contemporary instrumentation and the double CD "Mare Nostrum". All his
work is now available in all digital platforms worldwide.
In 2014 the European record label Sacred Summits Recordings based in the
United Kingdom reissued his pioneering work, "Ipan in Xiktli Metzli" on its
original L.P. vinyl format worldwide.
Luis Perez`s musical work has found a new record label based in Mexico
City; Discos Dragora. Two new works have were released in October 2013;
an instrumental album "In Situ" and a song`s album "La Neza". During the
month of January 2014, two more works were reissued; "Santuario de
Mariposas" and "Ipan in Xiktli Metztli" the later one now as a double CD
including a documentary showing the creative process of this now historical
Perez returned to Mexico City in 2013. His 1981 pioneering work "Ipan in
Xiktli Metztli" has been considered as one of the 25 most important musical
works that influenced music in Mexico. An exhibit of these works opened at
the Diego Rivera`s Museum in Coyoacan Museo Anahuacalli, another
exhibit followed at the Centro Cultural España. A TV series including
testimonies and interviews with the creators of the 25 works will air in the
year 2014 through TV UNAM.
In September 30th 2013, a homage to Luis Perez`s work in recognition for
his contribution to Mexican music was organized at the Fonoteca Nacional
de Mexico and now Ixoneztli`s work is part of the Nation`s music archives.
To commemorate the occasion, a remixed and remastered limited edition of
his pioneering work "Ipan in Xiktli Metztli" was issued in Mexico.
The same year, music from his CD "Santuario de Mariposas" was used in
the film, "Agave is Life".
On February 24th. 2012 The Museum of Ventura County exhibited in two
separate halls, his collection of musical artifacts and other objects related to
the practice of music and dance in ancient Mexico under the title "Music
Before Columbus" and his own creations "The White Collection" inspired in
Mesoamerica. Perez created a video in which he demonstrates the use of
instruments on display, lectured and performed as part of the event.
Luis research is also welcomed in congresses of music such as Primer
Encuentro de Arqueomusicologia de las Americas [international summit of
archaeomusicology] that took place in Guatemala City in March 2011 where
Perez was one of the speakers.